David O’Hare from Trócaire recently returned from northern Uganda where he met people who have been forced to flee their homes because of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.
Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have fled over the border to Uganda in the face of fierce fighting and the rampant targeting of civilians. Their stories are absolutely harrowing and most have arrived with just the clothes they are wearing.
The area of Palabek in northern Uganda is close to the border with South Sudan and has become one vast refugee camp. There are 33,000 refugees there currently and the number is increasing every day.
One young man that David spoke to has gone through hell. Richard Mwaka is just 17 years old but has become the sole provider and carer for his five younger brothers and sisters.